Author Archives: Bex Outram, Assistant Reserve Manager

Kittiwake Count

Thursday 10th August comments: It is another success story for our Kittiwake population; the numbers have increased by 22% to 3,507 breeding pairs.  This is very pleasing to see as the population fell last year by 15% and we are now … Continue reading

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Our Stunning Shags

Monday 7th August comments: After a dip in the population last year, the Shag population is back up with 474 breeding pairs this season.  This is the highest count since 2012 when 648 pairs bred on the island, during that following winter … Continue reading

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Fantastic Fulmars

Friday 4th August comments: The number of our serene tube-nose Fulmar has risen, with an increase of 10% on sitting birds.  The overall population is 341 pairs, the sixth highest count; the highest population count being 381 pairs in 2010. Our … Continue reading

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2017 Guillemots and Razorbills

Tuesday 1st August comments: Today we start revealing our population counts and we start with the Auks; Guillemots and Razorbills.  Both of these have seen an increase in numbers. Guillemots have seen a 2% increase in the number of pairs, increasing … Continue reading

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Isle of Mays Recent Sightings

Saturday 29th July comments: We have had a few unusual sightings over the past couple of days. It started off with the Two-barred Crossbill on Monday (still present today), feeding up on the Hogweed seeds, slightly different to the pine cones … Continue reading

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Tern Fledglings

Monday 10th July comments: It has been another great year for our Terns; both Arctic and Common Terns have increased in number. These incredible birds signal the start of the summer when they arrive, their noise and energy providing a brilliant … Continue reading

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Tern Troubles

Wednesday 28th June comments: Over the last couple of days we have experienced spring tides with the high tide reaching 5.6m. This has caused some problems for the some of our Arctic Terns; some have nested fairly low down on … Continue reading

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